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Free software is risky

There’s a saying in the IT industry that if a software is free, then the real product is you, the user. This is because the Internet’s advertising business model relies heavily on user data, such as location, age, gender, interests. As such, most free software is designed to track and then sell this type of data to advertisers.

Not only that, but free software comes with a lot of security risks such as browser hijackers and unwanted programs that might seriously slow down your PC.

What happens when you install the Top 10 Download.com apps?
You’ll never believe what happened! Well… I guess maybe you might have a good guess. Awful things. Awful things are what happens. See the article on howtogeek.com

Why would we choose Download.com? Because their policies page states clearly that they do not allow malicious software on the site, and further that they do NOT accept any software that contains the following:

Software that installs viruses, Trojan horses, malicious adware, spyware, or other malicious software at any point during or after installation.

Software that installs without notice and without the user’s consent.

Software that includes or uses surreptitious data collection.

Software that diverts or modifies end users’ default browsers, search-engine home pages, providers, security, or privacy-protection settings without the users’ permission.

Software that installs in a concealed manner or denies users an opportunity to read the license agreement and/or to knowingly consent to the installation.

Software that induces installation by making false or misleading claims about the software or the software publisher.

I mean, with all those protections in place from the trusty people over there at CNET, why would anybody worry? I mean, CNET News is a trusted source, right? Right.

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